Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dad died on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. The funeral was yesterday. Because his service during World War II had been an important part of his life, he was laid to rest in a very moving ceremony with military honors.

Thank you to everyone for all of your heartfelt comments during the past week. It was difficult time for my family and me, but it was made better by the all the kindness we received from so many different sources, including, among others, the friends I've made here on the blogosphere and in the running forum in which I participate. Bless you all.

17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear of your loss Susan. We're all here rooting for you.

    I appreciate your visits and comments during what must be a particularly difficult time for you. When a parent dies, I think it's the final stage of growing up.

    Hugs.

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  2. Oh my. This is what we say in our family:

    He brought joy in life and tears in death. No one can do more.

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  3. My deepest sympathy. Do know you are in many people's thoughts.

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  4. Susan, I see our weeks have been similar. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My Dad was hospitalized Christmas Day, and died Jan 9, also from kidney failure. As much as it hurt to lose him, it hurt worse to see him in pain. For me at least, there is a peace in knowing he has been reunited with my mother, and will never feel pain again. I hope you have as many wonderful memories of your Dad as I do. If you need a shoulder to cry on, or just need to vent, I am here.

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  5. I'm very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear your news - and wish I didn't understand, but I do - my Mother passed away last April. It is interesting how the loss of a parent brings us back to basic, raw - and sometimes child-like emotions (which I think is a good thing). In a sense what is important in life becomes more clear. But I remember those first few weeks, as reality was setting in - a period of time in which my brother and I both felt like 'ghosts' - how the world was moving around us, and we were there, in slow motion, feeling invisible. What I have also learned is that eventually you do speed up - and start moving once again (although differently) with the rest of the world. Take care of yourself.

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  7. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.

    Jen

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  8. I thought of you a lot this week and had a bad feeling that things were not going well. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy. I think you are brave to have shared your pain here, and it has obviously touched many - we feel we know you, even though we've never met, and our hearts truly go out to you. I'm guessing your dad would want you to find solace in your garden, when you are ready to.

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  9. I am so sorry Susan for you and your family's loss.I know that it is a difficult time for you. He will always be a part of your life and though your heart will mend he will always be missed,but with good memories.

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  10. I am so sorry. God bless you and your dad. If I posted this twice, I'm sorry. I thought it didn't go through.~~Dee

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  11. I'm so sorry, Susan. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. You must feel very proud of your father, and his wartime service. It sounds as if he was a bit of a hero - for all of us, as well as for you.
    Pam is right: the first few weeks are very strange, and I don't think you ever stop missing someone you've lost. But you wouldn't want to stop missing him completely anyway, would you?
    Lots of love, Victoria xx

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  12. Take time to heal and we look forward to hearing back from you real soon. Hugs and I am thankful that he seems to have gone in peace. That is a blessing even though it might not seem so at the moment.

    Your decision on getting help for your parent's was a well timed one. I'm sure the help has been just the thing your mom needed even though she may never know it.

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  13. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I noticed your absence for a few days and suspected your dad's time had come. Hospice was a huge help when my father died, both in easing his passing and supporting my mother. I hope that you, your dad and your family found at least equal help and comfort.

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  14. Susan, may you find peace during this time. We can all already see you're making a veggie patch your dad would be proud of. Keep it up and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  15. Thank you again, everyone, for your very kind words. Thanks especially to those of you who've shared your own experiences with me. It really means a great deal.

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  16. Oh no--my condolences to you and your family.

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